There were tons of teddy bears and Tonka trucks collected for those less fortunate in Oakville, Burlington, Milton, and Halton Hills.
Overall, the 2017 Toys for Tots campaign yielded results worth bragging about.
“In all of our campaign years, we have never seen such amazing results for the Toys for Tots campaign,” said Halton Regional Police Chief Stephen Tanner.
He said he’s thankful that police, “residents and community partners had a positive influence on the lives of local families in Halton. I am proud that we all came together as one team to enhance our ability to meet the diverse needs of our community during the holiday season.”
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Here are the numbers: $349,443 in toys, gift cards and cash were raised for more than 4,897 families across Halton.
Police say it’s “thanks to the generosity of local citizens, businesses, schools and sports teams.”
In comparison, the 2016 campaign saw more than $248,810 in toys, gift cards, cash and food for 4,350 local families in need.
The annual toy drive was launched years ago to support local families in need during Christmas.
For the past eight years, police have partnered with the Burlington Lions Optimist Minor Hockey Association (BLOMHA) – led by parent Shari Carruthers – in support of the Toys for Tots campaign.
This year, the organization raised nearly $90,000, bringing their grand total to more than $365,000.
Sworn (uniform), civilian, auxiliary and other volunteer HRPS members donated their time to support collection efforts at Canadian Tire locations region-wide, and at Cram-a-Cruiser events, among other occasions.
Service volunteers were also responsible for packaging and delivering toys to area families.